First Phase (Interceptive Phase)

The first, or early phase of treatment, takes place during the mixed dentition phase. This simply means that the child still has both permanent and baby teeth. During this treatment phase, which usually takes 12-16 months, we correct problems such as overcrowding and functional and skeletal problems with the jaw to encourage a more balanced bite. The treatment may include a combination of appliances, for example, a palatal expander plus braces on existing permanent teeth.

Resting Period

In between the first and second phases, a rest period is observed during which we wait for the remaining permanent teeth to erupt. We will see patients during the resting period, usually once every 3-6 months, to monitor growth and progress.

Second Phase (Comprehensive Phase)

The second phase of treatment begins once all of the permanent teeth have erupted. It usually involves a full set of upper and lower braces. Because the jaw is in a better position and each permanent tooth has found its proper space, often at this stage we can focus on aesthetics alone, building a beautiful smile to last a lifetime.